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Randy Newman

Randy Newman was an anomaly among early-'70s singer/songwriters. Though he was slightly influenced by Bob Dylan, his music owed more to New Orleans R&B and traditional pop than folk. Newman developed an idiosyncratic style that alternated between sweeping, cinematic pop and rolling R&B, which were tied together by his nasty sense of humor. Where his peers concentrated on confessional songwriting, Newman drew characters, creating a world filled with misfits, outcasts, charlatans, and con men. Though he occasionally showed sympathy for his characters, he became well known for his biting sense of satire, highlighted by his fluke 1978 hit "Short People" and his parody of '80s yuppies, "I Love L.A." While Newman's records consistently received strongly positive reviews, he made his money through composing film scores for films like Ragtime and The Natural. His albums may never have sold in large amounts, but his work influenced several generations of songwriters, including Lyle Lovett and Mark Knopfler.

Born into a musical family -- his uncles Alfred and Lionel were both noted film composers -- Randy Newman had become a professional songwriter by the time he was 17, working for a California publishing house. Newman pursued a B.A. in music from UCLA, but he dropped out of college when his friend Lenny Waronker landed him a record contract with Reprise Records. His eponymous debut album received little attention upon its 1968 release, but over the next few years, his reputation as a songwriter grew as Judy Collins, Dusty Springfield and Peggy Lee recorded his songs. Three Dog Night took his "Mama Told Me Not to Come" to number one in 1970, the same year Harry Nilsson recorded an entire album of Randy's songs, Nilsson Sings Newman.

Newman's second album, 1970's 12 Songs, was widely praised upon its release, but the record failed to sell. Live repeated the same pattern in 1971, but 1972's Sail Away became a moderate hit, due to positive reviews and Newman's constant touring. He followed the record album in 1974 with Good Old Boys, an ambitious concept album about the South that received considerable controversy over its song "Rednecks," whose ironic sense of humor was misunderstood by many. The song set the stage for 1977's "Short People," a simple satire of bigotry and prejudice taken from Little Criminals. While the irony in "Short People" was barely hidden, the song offended many listeners, and the ensuing furor helped the single reach number two on the charts. Newman supported the album with his first tour since 1974.

In 1979, he returned with Born Again, which received mixed reviews, and Newman began a career as a film composer two years after its release. His first score was for Milos Forman's Ragtime, and his work was nominated for two Academy Awards. Newman released Trouble in Paradise to strong reviews in 1983, and the album spawned "I Love L.A.," a parody of shallow yuppie culture that was misinterpreted and became an anthem for '80s greed. Newman didn't release another album until 1988's Land of Dreams, which contained his first attempts at personal songwriting. Like most of his records, the album was greeted warmly by the critics, yet it failed to sell; "It's Money That Matters," a rewrite of "I Love L.A.," did become a minor hit.

Newman spent most of the '90s composing film scores and working on a musical adaptation of Dr. Faust. The resulting musical, Faust, was initially released as a concept album in the fall of 1995 to mixed reviews. A stage version of Faust opened the same month as the album's release, and it received better reviews. Newman garnered another Oscar nomination in 1996 for "You've Got a Friend," which was featured in the Disney computer-animated film Toy Story. His career was celebrated in 1998 with the release of the four-disc box set Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman.

Newman split with his longtime record company Reprise in early 1999. He signed with DreamWorks and released Bad Love, his first proper album since 1988's Land of Dreams, in the summer of 1999. A number of film projects followed, and Newman once again put his solo career on hiatus while composing music for several movies. He returned in 2008 with Harps and Angels, an album that revisited the biographical approach first attempted with Land of Dreams. In 2009 and 2010, Newman focused his creative energies on film music, scoring The Princess and the Frog and Toy Story 3; both earned Oscar and Grammy nods, and in the case of Toy Story 3, wins. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Isn't this from House
It was on toy stroy
Nice
awsoda11
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awsoda11
I love his songs
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Love this somg
They forgot Monk when he sang "It's a Jungle Out There"
I mean who's singing Feels Like Home?
who's singing this song?
antler8
I love this song because it reminds me of when I was bullied, but my friend knew so they stuck up for me
P.S. please read my bio for more information on how I was bullied but I got away from it
Left foot, right foot.
Toy story
Me and my frinds heaven Allen like iy
So Much tears love this song if remjnds me the hard time I had and how I grow stronger be I got a friend in me that tells me that I'm greater than the ones who say I'm not
I love this song because it reminds me of all the good times I had when I was a kid. And I love toy story I will always love this song
I can't let you raise the bar Cameron, otherwise no one will hire me.
danridley
Love!
I don't like it
I love this song in choir we sang it this year!!!!
kiss your hand five times post this on 2 other songs look under your pillow
cassiecarrik e r
The only time I've heard this song is when I watched toy story when I was really young, but ever since then I've loved it!!!
Ur an amazing singer this song brought back so many memories
I love you
You've got a friend in me, you've you a friend me. Just remember what your old pal said, you've got a friend in me!! ������������
Awesome song randy
Whaaaaaaa
You got a friend in me��best song ever������
Love it
I only know this because of Toy Story but I still love it
sjtheiss5
Hannah
Alexa my best friend has a friend in me forever
It reminds me of my old friends
Randy,you got a friend in me
U god a fren in me
worthfamily6
This is such a sweet song
ymgomez02
U got a friend in me
Say iPhone 5 times then look under your pillow and there will be a iPhone but for this to happen you need to cope this on 2other songs
bridgefam4
Toy story is awsome
Yes toy story so good memories. I love toy story.
Yeah!!toy story
l love toy story
omg ! this song is my childhood memory :) !!
:-)
My grandma has all three movies!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! A n d she has a lot of $'s!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
kittytime.20
^•^
kittytime.20
Luv this song ��
liam payne love toy story movies a lot
When I was little memories
Brings back memories! (: ❤️
I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!
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